Third-Party Sellers on Amazon Saw 2016 Boom

The juggernaut just keeps rolling on – and this is without drones or blimps.

Amazon shipped over 2 billion items worldwide in 2016 for third-party sellers on its marketplace using its fulfillment services – more than double the figure from 2015 – while FBA-shipped items grew 50% during the holiday season, the company reported.

Reports have estimated Amazon handles more than half of all holiday ecommerce sales in the U.S.

The company’s Seller Fulfilled Prime program, in which select merchants handle Prime’s free two-day or next-day shipping guarantee, saw millions of orders processed last year.

Late-year union issues in the form of labor actions by Amazon Prime Air pilots apparently represented a minor speed bump for the company.

Some other mind-blowing 2016 statistics from Amazon:

  • Active sellers using the FBA service grew more than 70% worldwide
  • Outside the U.S., FBA units shipped grew more than 80%
  • Sellers from 130 countries used FBA to handle customer orders in 185 countries
  • Seller Fulfilled Prime added 6 million+ new Prime-eligible items in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan
  •  Amazon sellers worldwide received orders for more than 28 million items on Cyber Monday



Partner Content

Hincapie Sportswear Finds Omnichannel Success in the Cloud - Netsuite
For more and more companies, a cloud-based unified data solution is the way to make this happen. Custom cycling apparel maker Hincapie Sportswear has leveraged this capability to gain greater visibility into revenue streams, turning opportunities into sales more quickly while gaining overall operating efficiency. Download this ecommerce special report from Multichannel Merchant to more.
The Gift of Wow: Preparing your store for the holiday season - Netsuite
Being prepared for the holiday rush used to mean stocking shelves and making sure your associates were ready for the long hours. But the digital revolution has changed everything, most importantly, customer expectations. Retailers with a physical store presence should be asking themselves—what am I doing to wow the customer?
3 Critical Components to Achieving the Perfect Order - NetSuite
Explore the 3 critical components to delivering the perfect order.
Streamlining Unified Commerce Complexity - NetSuite
Explore how consolidating multiple systems through a cloud-based commerce platform provides a seamless experience for both you, and your customer.